Milwaukee Environmental School Mural Installed!

I just installed the 9′ x 33′ tree mural for the Milwaukee Environmental School, which includes almost 500 metal engraved leaves. Each leaf was created by a student as either a self portrait or a designed word that featured one of their schools six character traits: Respect, Grit, Craftsmanship, Leadership, Integrity, and Stewardship. Even the parents joined in and created a leaf for the tree. The art residency took place during three months in the Spring. Over 200 K4-7th grade students worked with me on this mural. The project was funded by Arts@Large and a grant from Toyota Family Learning.

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Manitoba Exhibit Opening!

Last night we had the opening for our Rainforest, Arctic, and Antarctica exhibit at Manitoba school. The K5 & 1st grade students did such a great job as museum docents! You can see the making of this exhibit here.

Manitoba School Art Residency

I’ve been working at Manitoba school the last couple of months to help the K5 and 1st grade classes create a school museum, which will showcase their curriculum on the rain forest, antarctica and the arctic. My wonderful husband Michael Greer helped to create the armatures for the jaguar and polar bear. We will be revealing the final exhibit on June 4th, 2015.

Milwaukee Environmental School–Parent Night!

Part of the Toyota Grant that is funding the mural I’m doing with Milwaukee Environmental School also funds classes for parents, which they attend once a week. This past week I visited their meet-up to show them what their children have been working on and to give them a chance to try it out for themselves. I get the sense they loved working on a creative project (they stayed well past the end of the meet-up to finish) and they made some pretty impressive pieces.

Fratt Elementary Author Visit

I loved meeting with students from Fratt Elementary. I presented Snickeyfritz to the K4-2nd graders, Squircle for the 3rd-5th graders, had lunch with some pretty interesting students, and finished the day with a poetry workshop featuring CommuniTree for parents and students at the family literacy night event. We even got a chance to create some beautiful Shimmerling charms. Thanks to Emily Corr for setting up the visit and to the students and staff for a great day 🙂

33 Foot Mural at Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School

Shimmerling--Wall Hangings3I’m working with the students over at the Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School, creating a 33 foot mural that will showcase a grouping of six trees similar to the Shimmerling Wall Hangings. The K4-6th grade students are using the school’s six character traits—Integrity, Grit, Leadership, Craftsmanship, Stewardship and Respect to inspire the artwork. Each student is creating two leaves for the trees—a self portrait and a designed leaf with inspired by the character trait assigned to their classroom. They will also create a leaf to take home as a souvenir from the residency. This project is funded by Arts@Large and a grant from Toyota Family Learning.

MES TREE MURAL sketch

Edgewood Campus School Author Visit & Art Workshop

A great author visit at Edgewood Campus School. Thanks to Kate Nuwaysir and Ruth Vander Horck for helping to arrange the day and for the great gifts and beautiful art room overlooking the lake 🙂 The fourth grade students created some amazing raga doodles!